Vivian loves arts and crafts, playing outside, and pretending to be a cat. She can be a bit quiet and shy, but nothing stops her from trying to keep up with her big sister. She also loves to go shopping with her mom. Every. Single. Time.
Vivian has spina bifida, a condition she was born with that affects her spinal cord and spine. She was diagnosed at her mom’s 20-week ultrasound, and carefully monitored throughout the pregnancy. She had back surgery within 24 hours after she was born, and has been cared for by several specialists at St. Luke’s Children’s, including teams from surgery, gastroenterology, neurology, urology, orthopedics and physical therapy.
She used a walker for a long time but now she walks unassisted with braces that help support her ankles. “She’s progressing really well,” says her mom, Briana. “She’s keeping up with other kids cognitively and working on her walking and other gross motor skills.”